So far I haven't really ventured outside the Laureles area for food. Their are plenty of places here though so not sure why I should venture further, there are everything from small cafes, Street food to fancy restaurants. Saying that though; my philosophy is that you haven't experienced a place until you had something to eat there. I have surprised myself that I have cooked a lot at my Airbnb but maybe that's because it has a great kitchen.
One thing is for sure, I will have no problem keeping to my budget in Medellin. That is if I continue to be good and kind of staying away from the wine!!
Cafe de revelación on Carrera 73 was my first place for breakfast. Yes I was tired, a tad jet lagged and I wanted it to be easy so I picked a place from Tripadvisor which had several reviews stating that the staff spoke English here.... Oh boy did I not change my mind. Super good coffee and a freshly made very tasty smoothie, if you want a proper English breakfast or similar then this place is not for you. They have good wifi as well so stayed here for a while and did some research on what to do this day. The service was really good and as I said, they all speak English. My only regret the first morning was that I ordered a normal black coffee since they do iced coffee. So the next two mornings I went back and then of course I got my dose of iced americano....
I also tried the panini they do for COP 9 900 and can highly recommend them. Good bread and lots of stringy cheese.
Coffee (double shot): COP 3500/ € 0,90
Smoothie: COP 5900/ € 1.50
Would I go back: definitely, you do get a customer card so after 8 drinks you get one for free
Bandeja Paisa is a local dish here in Medellin. If you on a diet then you should stay away from this one, maybe you figured that one out by yourself by looking at the pictures! The meal is contains beans, a fried egg, potatoes, chorizo, plantain, chorizo, some sort of ground meat, a slice of very crispy pork belly and to add a tiny bit of health on the plate you also get a slice of avocado. I had this dish twice in two different places, at Restaurant Brisas de la 70 on Calle 44a and at El Paisita on Carrera 70. The bill ended up on COP 16 500 / €4.50 in both places.
Both times I had Bandeja Paisa I felt slightly sick after since I have the habit to eat and eat even if I'm full. I absolutely love the crispy pork belly and the chorizo, so I think I need to try this dish at least one more time.
Would I go back to any of these restaurants? Most likely no, food was good but the atmosphere was so so.
Be warned this is a heavy heavy dish
ORALE! This place is can be found on the corner of Calle 41a and Carrera 71. Great medium sized Mexican place with a nice atmosphere. I decided to go for the chicken enchiladas and although the chicken was a bit dry they still tasted really good. You have to take in consideration that I often find chicken dry when other people eating the same dish can rave about how good it is. So it could have been me just being me. Any how's the enchiladas came with an awesome guacamole, black beans, sour cream and yes the yellow pool you can see is cheese. The price for this dinner: COP 20 000/ 5 Euros including a Coke (the drinking kind, not the snorting kind) and tip.
PS: not sure why the picture turned out a bit green but I can assure you that it tasted better then it looks!
Would I go back to this restaurant: yes but to try something else from the menu.
Punta Arena, this is not really a restaurant, it's more of a beer place that also serves empanadas. I went to this place after recommendations from my Airbnb host. I am very happy I did, the empanadas was delicious and I treated myself to a tiny bottle of wine.
You can find an empanada place on nearly every street corner here in Laureles but the empanada you get there is normally just mass produced, frozen and then just deep fried. The ones you get at Punta Arena are home made and baked, a thin dough and inside you come across some really juicy and tasty meat. Sooooo good. They did have spinach, chicken or beef. I only tried the beef so far!!
I wouldn't say that you should visit this place if it's dinner you after but if you want a beer and some great empanadas then definitely come here. I don't even drink beer so not sure why I say this! They do also have wine and oh the wine was good last night. First taste of wine in 17 days....
Two Empanadas: COP 4000/ € 1
Tiniest bottle of wine187 ml: COP 11500/ € 3
Would I go back: Yes, for sure since its kind of around the corner from where I'm staying
Naturalia at Circular 3, close to Carrera 70. Doesn't look like much when you across the street but when you get closer it looks really nice and rustic. I was only meant to have a fresh juice here while doing some Spanish homework. Ordered a pineapple, banana and ginger one, yes the ginger didn't really go well with the banana but it still tasted fresh and plentiful! It was a perfect place to sit and study, wasn't to busy at first but then it got busier and busier so in the end I had enough of my homework. When I looked around my eyes got stuck on a salad my table neighbor was eating. It looked fantastic so in the end I decided to do lunch here as well. Ordered a super nice salad with blue cheese, pears and lots of other stuff. It had the perfect balance on all ingredients.
While eating my salad I also got use of their wifi and also did some good people watching...
The waiter was very nice and had great patience while I did my order in Spanish and tried to ask a couple of other things. Heard him speak English before but I was very pleased that he encouraged me to speak Spanish... Also helped that he was very good looking but in a relaxed way:) I sat in this place for nearly two hours, studying, checked the news and just watched the world go by...
Salad and a big freshly made juice: COP 17600/ € 4,70 including tip
Would I go back: Yes
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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